Are online degrees accepted in law enforcement careers / jobs? The simple answer is: YES! But, there’s more…
Why would you ask that question? I know the answer to this one, too… If you are worried, please read the About Criminal Justice Online page — first.
Online colleges and universities, especially those that have traditional presence, are highly sought after by those who are trying to get into law enforcement. Despite the unwarranted stigma online academia gets, there are millions of online students pursuing distance learning to obtain new careers or to advance in one.
The criminal justice field is looking for individuals that are highly educated, and they don’t care if you went to school online or off. Many don’t even care that you obtained an associates or bachelors degree in criminal justice entirely online, as you may have chosen business, computers, education, or arts for your major.
Since most entry level positions require college level education nowadays, you should consider the Internet as a portal that will meet your personal needs. Not everyone has the time to go to a traditional college, so these individuals reach for help into the online world. The results are often better than if they had gone to a regular college or university. It’s true!
If law enforcement is what you want, then graduate level education related to the field is in order, especially for those wanting to advance in their careers:
- Criminal Justice Online
- Homeland Security Online
- International Relations Online
There are outstanding Masters and PhD programs online to meet your needs.
Online degrees don’t say “Online” on them
Some worry that if they go to an online institution to obtain their degree that they will have the inherent stigma of their online experience on their graduation diploma. This is entirely false, for the most part. There are just a handful of schools that may have the word “online” on their diploma, but these are a very rare exception.
You can always ask your online admissions advisor about this issue, and go for it, ask other questions as well.
- How long will the program be?
- How much will the online degree cost me?
- Is it synchronous or asynchronous learning format?
- Does the online college or university have proper accreditation?
Don’t listen to the online education naysayers
I know for a fact that the uninformed public tends to diss the distance learning concept. This is because they don’t really know that much about it. They think that online universities are virtual learning centers that offer an easy way to obtain a degree quick.
Well, they are almost right about the latter, but they don’t know or don’t care to acknowledge that:
- Traditional universities (those with initial brick-and-mortar presence) are the major contenders in the online academia that provide a challenging learning environment.
- Boston University, Michigan State University, Texas A&M University, Arizona State University, University of Massachusetts, University of Illinois (Urbana & UIC), University of Pennsylvania, University of California and many, many others have online classes, certificate courses, and degree majors – do these ring a bell. I thought so.
- Ivy League universities like Harvard, Cornell, and Columbia are proud to offer courses, certificate programs, and even degree majors — entirely online.
- Online education encourages students to actually work harder. I know so through personal experience, but I wasted no time on commute — New York, Chicago, & LA traffic avoided — what would an hour, two, or more / per day, do for you? A lot, right?
The days of misinformation are gone. You can Google or Yahoo virtually anything and find your answer in a matter of seconds. So don’t listen to your disenfranchised source of info, and let your fingers to the walking.
And, yes, you can always ask me a question — via email (contact us — look up) or through your insightful comment. No question is too stupid — so go on and ask away!
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